Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mastering Resin - One Small Project At A Time

Every now and then I get an email from a new resin artist and I worry a little.
They are just about to try pouring Envirotex Lite (or another product from Environmental Technologies Inc.) on a newly finished piece of art.  I want to email right back "wait, did you do some test pieces first?!!?!!"
 The more you experiment with resin the more you learn about what it can do.  For example, I love how it makes black really black.  I also love the glossy sheen.  And, I really appreciate how it makes my paper or collage permanently stick to a surface.  This sample is a good way to experiment.  On this board I have glued and then protected my paper images with Ultra SealYou can use mod podge to both glue and seal paper too.
 I made a small batch of Envirotex Lite and covered this one panel on my board. 
This gave me a chance to see how the resin would look over the image.  Note that it did not pour over the sides.  I used a paint brush to apply the resin.  The "glazed" rectangle looks brighter and finished.
I hope you all try a few small panels like this one before you work on a 12 x 12 finished collage.


  1. Can you pour resin over an acrylic painted canvas? Would you need to seal it first with Mod Podge?

  2. Personally - I don't like to use Modge Podge to seal any of my ink jet images as it lifts and fades the image. I'd rather use gel medium. Just speaking from my own personal experience.

  3. Hi Chris, yes, you can definitely pour resin over canvases with acrylic paint...if you have black paint on the canvas it pops! If you don't have any extra papers or collage elements it does not need sealing. However, since paints are all so different, I would encourage you to do a small sample. I would use the same paint on any old canvas and do one test pour before you try this on an original piece of art.

  4. Hi Wanda, I use Claudine Hellmuth's gel medium as a seal too...but I know a lot of readers don't have access to some of these great sealants locally. Mod Podge is available everywhere and it is an great starting point.


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